The Dragon Upstairs, Flash Fiction Magazine and 2017 Anthology


"What Really Happened," history-inspired play performed at Worldwide Plays Festival sponsored by David Letterman's company.

Awards and Recognition

  • "The History Makers" won a coveted Silver Benjamin Franklin award in teen fiction from the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest publishing association in the U.S. in March 2018.
  • "Making a Killing," a darkly satiric play that Val wrote in college for New Work Week at UChicago's Logan Arts Theater in spring 2017, has gone on to become a finalist in the 2018 Shakespeare in the 'Burg one-act playwriting competition.
  • Winner of the Performing Arts Leadership Award in spring 2018, from UChicago's Theater and Performing Studies department.
  • Winner in spring 2018 of a Campus Life & Leadership Award, from the University of Chicago.
  • David Shelton Memorial Fellowship Award. Lizzie Koch Heart and Hand Character Award. President Obama's Volunteer Service Award. Winner of multiple Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards

Press and Media Mentions

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